Chelsea Complete Signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga for World Record Goalkeeping Fee

Silvia Morton
August 9, 2018

"La Liga has confirmed to us that Kepa Arrizabalaga has fulfilled the requirements for the unilateral termination of his contract with Athletic Club", said Bilbao in a statement. The Star report that the Blues have triggered the 23-year old Spaniard's release-clause, which is a goalkeeper world-record - £72 million.

It looks more and more likely that Thibaut Courtois will be a Real Madrid player when the transfer window in Spain ends at the start of September. He came through the youth categories at Genk, he made his debut with the first team in the 2008/09 season and settled there for two seasons. I am very happy here.

"So many things attracted me to the club - all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League", Kepa said.

"Those who are close to me or more know me know that I am a person who likes to analyse everything before making a decision".

Courtois played a total of 154 appearances for Chelsea, winning the Premier League on two occasions.

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"Athletic thank the player for his contribution throughout the time he has been at the club".

Real Madrid have confirmed that Courtois will undergo a medical on Thursday morning, before signing a six-year deal and being presented at 1pm local time (midday BST).

Thibaut Courtois is getting his dream move to Real Madrid in a deal that will see Mateo Kovacic head to Chelsea on a season-long loan. The 26-year-old, named the best goalkeeper at the World Cup as Belgium finished third, has one year remaining on his contract and reportedly wishes to join Real Madrid.

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has been eyeing a move away from the north London club and could be a target for United, who appear to have missed out on Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng.

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